Captain Marvel film review

The twenty-first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has finally come out. Having seen the trailers, I had an avid interest in this unknown hero. The movie, however, ended up being marginally disappointing 

Set in 1995, we first meet Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) as a trainee for the Starforce under the care of her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). From the get-go, it is evident that Carol has immense power which she is still being taught how to harness. She quickly ends up on planet Earth after an ambush on her first mission. In the team she winds up in, she meets Nick Fury and the movie officially begins.  

The plot of the movie is a bit unfulfilling. First, it is about discovering oneself. Then, a sister relationship that has little substance, making the emotional scenes feel unearned. After that, there is a plot twist of redemption and doing the right thing which does not do much for the film because there is no emotional investment.   

When it comes to the fighting, there is much to be desired and it falls short of what we have come to expect from MCU. For a 3D movie, the 3D effect was not used to its full potential. The directing was quite bland and did not really tell much of a story.  

As much of a great actress, Brie is, her acting in this instance was subpar. Captain Marvel’s confusion of not knowing who she is, her hurt in losing her friend and anger from being lied to are not translated well by her facial expressions and body language.  

Since this is an ‘origins’ movie it is only fitting that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) feature. The de-ageing CGI is absolutely spectacular to the extent that it is forgettable that the two actors are well past their youth.  

There were two main groups of people in this movie: those that wanted it to succeed and those that wanted it to fail. I would say the outcome lies dead centre between the two. It will, however, succeed because MCU fans are loyal and it adds to the suspense of the upcoming ‘Final Game’. On the other hand, it is not a great movie and does not live up to the high standards of MCU. 

Recommendation? Yes and no. If you have been keeping up with MCU then it is unmissable. If you watch movies just for the fun of it then you could do without it. 

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